WHO WE ARE

HABITHONISTIM/IDSF, Israel’s Defense and Security Forum, is a non-profit organization and a movement, which aims to educate, influence and shape the narrative about Israel’s strategic national security needs, in order to create a secure Israel for today and future generations. Founded in February 2020, the organization has experienced explosive growth since its inception, with a membership that consists of over 2,000 high-ranking Israeli reserve officers, commanders and operators from the IDF, Mossad, Shin Bet and Israeli Police, as well as some of Israel’s leading academics and researchers. HABITHONISTIM/IDSF offers an authoritative voice of reason which promotes a realistic vision of Israeli national security needs based on objective military principles that can meet any future risk to Israel. Our members are proud Israelis, who love the Jewish state and the Jewish people and are willing to do all that is required to defend and secure its future and to share our knowledge and conviction with policymakers, youth and the general public. 

HABITHONISTIM/IDSF

WE ADVOCATE THE RIGHT OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL TO EXIST IN SECURITY WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE LAND OF ISRAEL.

WE BELIEVE THAT ISRAEL'S SECURITY NEEDS ARE A TOP PRIORITY AND SHOULD NOT BE COMPROMISED.

WE BELIEVE THAT THE STATE OF ISRAEL DOES NOT HAVE THE LUXURY TO MAKE NATIONAL SECURITY MISTAKES OR LOSE A WAR. THE IDF MUST MAINTAIN COMPLETE FREEDOM OF ACTION IN ALL ARENAS TO FULFILL ITS MISSION OF PROTECTING ISRAEL’S CITIZENS.

 

WE DO NOT OPINE ON OTHER POLITICAL ISSUES AND/OR SUPPORT PARTICULAR POLITICIANS OR PARTIES BEYOND THE SCOPE OF THE DEBATE ON ISRAELI NATIONAL SECURITY

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Amir Aviv
Amir Aviv

​CEO & Founder Brigadier General (res.)

Gershon Hacohen
Gershon Hacohen

​General (res.)

Yitzchak (Jerry) Gershon
Yitzchak (Jerry) Gershon

General (res.)

Ronen Itzik
Ronen Itzik

​Colonel (res)

CEO & Founder

Brigadier General (res.)

Amir Avivi

General (res.)
Gershon Hacohen

Executive board

General (res.) Yitzchak
(Jerry) Gershon

Executive board

Colonel (res)
Ronen Itzik

Executive board

Meir Layoush
Meir Layoush

​Spokesman

Yossi Kupperwasser
Yossi Kupperwasser

Head of the Research Department Brigadier General (res.)

Yaron Boskila
Yaron Boskila

​Advisor Lieutenant Colonel (res.)

​Erez Eshel
​Erez Eshel

Executive board

Head of the Research Department

Brigadier General (res.)

Yossi Kupperwasser

Advisor

Lieutenant Colonel (res.)

Yaron Boskila

Erez Eshel

Executive board

Spokesman
Meir Layoush

Avi Hyman
Avi Hyman

​International Public Relations

Or Yissachar
Or Yissachar

​Researcher

Leora Levian
Leora Levian

​Coordinator of Programs

International Public Relations

Avi Hyman

Researcher
Or Yissachar

Coordinator of Programs
Leora Levian

Nofar Salman
Nofar Salman

​ External Relations and Development

Ariela Davis
Ariela Davis

Coordinator of Policy and International Communities

Coordinator of Policy and International Communities

Ariela Davis

 External Relations and Development

Nofar Salman

ADVISORY BOARD

Nechemia Sokol
Nechemia Sokol

Brigadier General (res.)

Nati Cohen
Nati Cohen

​Brigadier General (res.)

Yosi Becher
Yosi Becher

​General (res.)

Professor Alex Bligh
Professor Alex Bligh

Brigadier General (res.)

Nechemia Sokol

Brigadier General (res.)

Nati Cohen

General (res.)

Yosi Bachar

Professor Alex Bligh

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​Brigadier General (res.)

Harel Knafo
Harel Knafo

​Brigadier General (res.)

Shalom Katabi
Shalom Katabi

​Major General (res.)

Dr. Mordechai Kedar
Dr. Mordechai Kedar

Brigadier General (res.)
Zvika Haimovic

Brigadier General (res.)

Harel Knafo

Major General (res.)

Shalom Katabi

Dr. Mordechai Kedar

Brigadier General (res.)

Tzvika Foghel

Major (res) Basam Sleem

Review Board

Basam Sleem
Basam Sleem

​Major (res) Review Board

Tal Braun
Tal Braun

Colonel (res.)

Tzvika Foghel
Tzvika Foghel

​Brigadier General (res.)

Colonel (res.)

Tal Braun

Lieutenant Colonel (res)

Orly Levanon

Review Board

Orly Levanon
Orly Levanon

​Lieutenant Colonel (res) Review Board

Dubi Yung
Dubi Yung

Police Brigadier Review Board

Police Brigadier Dubi Yung
Review Board